An April Reading Challenge
Posted by STAIR-Annapolis on March 31, 2021
April showers might bring May flowers, but what we're really excited about is that it's National Poetry Month!
This month, we'd like you to explore all the beautiful, wonderful, expressive, emotive poetry you can.
According to this great post from Proud to Be Primary, exposure to poetry can help young readers build better speaking and listening skills, explore language and new vocabulary, become better writers, think creatively, and develop a life-long love of reading.
For older readers, this article featured on Brightly reminds us that poetry is a powerful medium that holds music and history, teaches us patience, lets us share our feelings, and gives us a way to empathize with the feelings and experiences of others.
For a simple April reading challenge that's easy to adapt to any age, reading level, or genre preference, follow the list below. One book per week, every week this month:
- Read a poetry anthology.
- Read a book of classic or ancient poems.
- Listen to poetry: Borrow or buy a poetry audiobook, find a poetry reading video online, or attend a virtual poetry reading.
- Make a list of your three favorite songs and read the lyrics for each one. That's poetry! Sites like AZLyrics and lyrics.com are a great starting point, with repositories of thousands of song lyrics spanning decades and genres.
Good luck! We'll be back next month with a new reading challenge for you. Until then, keep reading!